Readers (if I have any *hehe*) will remember that I have been using Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s. You can check out my previous posts about these from the link here.
Earlier last month I mounted them using the Vesa mounts onto the back of my LG 24″ displays. Picture below will show you what it looks when this has been performed, as the LG monitors have stands that don’t use the Vesa mounts.
As you can see from the above picture, this is a rather good way to position the NUC, and is now the way I have been using them since early December.
I’ve running Windows 8.1 Pro on one of my units now for a good period of time and must say I still like it. Sure it’s not the faster machine in the world, but for light duties it works very awesome. Just don’t go try and stream 1080P content from youtube with it.
Both my Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s have 8GB ram and an Intel 802.11ac (dual band) cards. One unit has traditional 500GB notebook drive, and the other has a 120GB SSD.
If you have any questions at all regarding these units, feel free to contact me. Happy to share my experience with them.
Below is a screen capture from Windows 8.1 Pro Task Manager showing my typical usage after a few days.
Touching on Linux for a moment, the Ubuntu 14.04 when booted on the units detects all hardware, including the bluetooth/wifi card combination.
The talk of the past year in hardware has been the Intel NUC, and I’ve been wanting to get my hand on one for the last few months, since the Third Generation module was released.
In the end I decided to purchase an Intel Celeron based one (Model: DN2820FYKH) and to load it up to run Windows 8.1 Pro.
For more detailed information about the specification, hint up the link here.
The Celeron model has some notiable differences (lacking features) between the i3 and i5 based models.
Only one memory socket (max 8GB ram) (vs i3/5 16GB max in 2 sockets).
Ships with wireless (vs i3/5 not shipping with it).
No MSATA support, as the socket for it don’t exist.
Despite this lack of feature between it’s more powerful siblings, I figured that Windows 8.1 Pro on a machine where you can install 8GB ram and a 2.5″ Laptop SSD drive would be adequate for the footprint.
Sure enough, it runs very well. Reasonable and capable little computer. I paired mine with a powered USB hub and a 19″ monitor I had spare.